The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is facing a new dilemma on verification of degrees of elected representatives — 141 photocopies of degrees are in such a bad condition that they are unreadable, 20 certificates of different kinds and not university degrees have been submitted while 20 have yet to submit anything.

The HEC has approached the Election Commission to provide the missing proper degrees and legible copies of these 181 members of the Senate, the National Assembly and provincial assemblies.

The most interesting category amongst these 181 MPs is that of those members of parliament whose degrees were not provided to the HEC. “Instead of degrees, some MPs have provided Matric, Inter, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), and some general certificates like ‘To whom it may concern’ etc,” the HEC noted in its letter.

In this category, MPs have been identified and include: MNA Farah Naz Isfahani; MNA Justice (retd) Iftikhar Ahmad; Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel; Senator Begum Najma Hameed and Senator Muhammad Ali Rind.

Those whose degrees are missing from the record provided to the HEC include Senator Zafar Ali Shah; Senator Islamuddin Shaikh; MNAs Abdul Ghafoor Chaudhry; Muhammad Afzal Sindhu; Hazar Khan Bijarani; Syed Zafar Ali Shah; Lt-Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch and others.

Instead of the degrees of two members of the Punjab Assembly, including Rana Muhammad Iqbal Hamah and Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, the degrees of their sons, Tariq Mehmood and Abdul Sattar, respectively were provided to the HEC.

In case of a member of the Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa Assembly Aurangzaib Khan, the degree has the name of Alamzaib. The following is a complete list of such MPs in the Senate, the National Assembly and provincial assemblies:

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